Disasters happen. It’s how we prepare for them that makes the difference.
Our downloadable checklist posters tell parents and child care professionals what they need to know to Get Ready Get Safe and what to have on hand in case of emergency. Because being prepared is the first line of defense in a disaster.
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Be a Hero Games For Kids
Child Safety & Prevention
US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness & Response
Early Childhood Disaster-Related Resources
Be Red Cross Ready family preparedness tools
Helping Young Kids Cope After Exposure to Traumatic Event
Disaster Planning Standards and Resources for Child Care Providers. Visit Disaster Planning Standards & Resources for Child Care Providers.
Severe weather risks U.S. Map
Ready Wrigley Activity Books for Children
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center
Child Care Resources
Child care is at the heart of every community, offering children a stable, familiar environment. This is never more apparent than after disaster strikes and the recovery of caregivers and child care facilities are critical to helping get a community back on its feet. When child care is closed, not only does the business lose money, parents have to miss work and children lack the routine that is so critical to getting back to “normal. Use the resources below to help prepare your program and facilitate disaster recovery.
Emergency Managers lead the charge in ensuring that children and families will be safe when disaster strikes. Working with other national leaders in the field, Save the Children has created key guidance and tools that can be implemented by emergency managers at the local level.
Community Preparedness Index The Community Preparedness Index (CPI) is an online self-assessment for local communities to assess how prepared they are to meet the needs of children in disasters. The tool focuses on institutional settings such as schools, child care, and hospitals where children may be during the day or after a disaster. Learn more by downloading the CPI Fact Sheet.
Parks & Recreation
Parks and recreation professionals are on the front lines of ensuring children’s safety every day. When disaster strikes, they are often the first on the scene, setting-up shelters and facilitating recovery through structured programming and services. Save the Children has partnered with the Foundation for Sustainable Parks and Recreation to help equip that parks and recreation agencies to best protect children before, during and after disasters. Use our tools and resources below.
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Policy makers play a critical role in ensuring that laws and regulations are in place to protect children before and after disaster strikes. Planning to meet children’s unique needs during emergencies requires the initiative and cooperation of leaders at the local, state and federal level. Below is Save the Children’s recommended guidance to help states meet the four standards outlined in the National Disaster Report Card for Protecting Children in Disasters.